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‘Gravity Falls’ Creator Alex Hirsch Will Develop An Animated Series for Fox

Alex Hirsch, late of Disney’s Gravity Falls, is developing an animated series for Fox.

“I’m cooking up some brand-new weirdness,” Hirsch, 30, told Variety, which first reported the news. Hirsch will develop a script and presentation pilot. No details about the project have been announced yet, though it will be presumably have a more adult tone since it is being developed for a primetime slot. Fox hasn’t committed to anything beyond the pilot.

Hirsch’s Disney XD series Gravity Falls will end its run with an hour-long finale on February 15th. Hirsch made the decision to end the series himself, explaining on Tumblr a couple months ago that, “Ialways designed Gravity Falls to be a finite series about one epic summer- a series with a beginning, middle, and end.”

Hirsch acknowledged the news of the Fox project on his Twitter account yesterday afternoon:

  • Jason

    I’ll be looking forward to whatever Alex creates. Hopefully the animation will be lively, and not stiff like other animated shows on FOX.

    • Metlow Rovenstein

      I agree. That would make it stand out from the others.

  • I find it interesting and exciting that Alex is leaving Disney to create another show, for FOX this time. From Cartoon Network, to Disney, and now FOX, it seems Alex will have a wide range of experience and expertise in the animation industry as a creative.

    I’m looking forward to what he has to offer, and I hope FOX allows him to create with freedom like Disney. That’s the only it’s going to work.

  • Josh Moore

    Hopefully this will be a sign in more quality for FOX’s animated line-up if Alex’s show gets greenlit and hopefully get some rare success of its kind on the network.

  • Might be interesting seeing what Alex can do that he couldn’t do on a kids show.

  • J.S

    Good news!

  • Casey Butler

    As a Gravity Falls fan, I think it’s great that cartoonists like Alex Hirsch isn’t focusing on producing cartoon shows just for kids. Though he has in the past for Disney known as Gravity Falls which in my opinion is one of the best newer kids shows out there today and Flapjack over at Cartoon Network, it’s nice to see someone like him expand his horizons by producing more adult oriented projects since they’re are adults like myself out there today who would rather be watching cartoons than live action shows. I bet it was hard for Alex to work on Gravity Falls from time to time because there were times where he wanted to add certain content on the show but Disney wouldn’t allow it. In one episode of gravity falls, he wanted to add a same sex couple on the show but Disney felt it wasn’t appropriate for a kids show. Steven Universe for example features a same sex couple on Cartoon Network and they don’t seem to mind. I felt bad for Alex from time to time because Disney wasn’t allowing him to do certain things that he wanted to do. I bet that as an adult cartoonist it’s not easy adding non-adult humor on the show. Kids shows out there like Rocko’s Modern Life and Animaniacs have the most adult jokes I have ever seen on a kids show. and I’m surprised that they were able to get away with it. It’s because the people who worked on these shows couldn’t help it and thought they could get away with it through the censors. and they did. In Alex’s term, there were adult jokes he was able to get through the censors, but in most cases, he wasn’t able to since Disney was more of a family oriented company for kids to watch. I hope that he’s able to produce a show he’s going to be a little more comfortable on and will be able to add content he wants to add over a FOX rather than at Disney. Though I am sad that Gravity Falls has come to an end, I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Alex over at FOX in the future.